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Dark Shadows (2012)



Critic Consensus: The visuals are top notch but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations.

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Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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Johnny Depp
as Barnabas Collins
Helena Bonham Carter
as Dr. Julia Hoffman
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Carolyn Stoddard
Eva Green
as Angelique Bouchard
Gulliver McGrath
as David Collins
Bella Heathcote
as Victoria Winters/Josette DuPres
Ray Shirley
as Mrs. Johnson
Thomas McDonell
as Barnabas Collins (young)
Jackie Earle Haley
as Willie Loomis
Gully McGrath
as David Collins
Jonny Lee Miller
as Roger Collins
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Alice Cooper
as Alice Cooper
Ivan Kaye
as Joshua Collins
Justin Tracy
as Young Barnabas - Age 6
Susanna Cappellaro
as Naomi Collins
Josephine Butler
as David's Mother
William Hope
as Sheriff
Shane Rimmer
as Board Member 1
Michael J. Shannon
as Board Member 2
Harry Taylor
as Henchman
Glen Mexted
as Captain Rubberpants
Guy Flanagan
as Bearded Hippie
Nigel Whitmey
as Hard Hat 1
Philip Bulcock
as Hard Hat 2
Sophie Kennedy Clark
as Hippie Chick 1
Hannah Murray
as Hippie Chick 2
Victoria Bewick
as Hippie Chick 3
Sean Mahon
as Collinsport Cop
Alexia Osborne
as Young Victoria
Richard Hollis
as Vicky's Father
Felicity Brangan
as Vicky's Mother
Michael Anthony Brown
as Windcliff Doctor
Charlotte Spencer
as Coat Check Girl
Thomas Grube
as Construction Worker 1
Jeff Mash
as Construction Worker 2
Raffey Cassidy
as Young Angelique
Janine Craig
as Go Go Dancer 1
Adelle Young
as Go Go Dancer 2
Dominica Van Santen
as Go Go Dancer 3
Josephine McGrail
as Go Go Dancer 4
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Critic Reviews for Dark Shadows

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (48)

The only reason to see Dark Shadows is to discover how dire and pointless-how flat-out dreadful-a movie can be even when it has Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter attached to its flimsy pretext.

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…
The New Republic
Top Critic

This is not so much a coherent movie as it is a long, expensive joke in search of a purpose.

May 15, 2012 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

Mostly Dark Shadows is silly when we're trained to expect slightly richer fun from Burton and Depp.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4
Denver Post
Top Critic

Fans of Depp's past collusions with Burton will find their rewards along the way. But there's a perfunctory vibe to the goings on, a weariness amid the weirdness.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Clearly, they made the movie they wanted to make. It's just not the movie this "Dark Shadows" fan hoped to see.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/4
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Dark Shadows' only meaningful relationship is between Depp and his audience. He's a persona now, no longer an actor.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Dark Shadows

My attempt at watching this movie was shorted lived. A white flag begging for surrender made an appearance half way through this terrible movie!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

May work well for kids, I suppose. The execution is terrible; a handful of one-liners can't hold a film together. There are a few emotional scenes, but they are devoid of emotions!!

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


"Dark Shadows" is not top shelf Burton. It's a tad slow and overlong; and far from the director's most memorable efforts... but it's inventive, fun, and has just the right amount of humor and visual flair to remain interesting the whole way through. It's (schlocky) fluff to be sure, but it's entertaining, likable fluff that I enjoyed.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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